The Animated STAR TREK series was produced in 1973 and
1974 by an animation production company called Filmation Associates. Filmation was founded in
1963 by radio announcer Norman Prescott, former Bozo the Clown animator Lou Scheimer and former Disney animator Hal Sutherland. The fledgling outfit began by doing animated commercials and documentaries until 1965 when the company made a successful bid to produce an animated Superman television series.
Filmation founders, (l to r) Norm Prescott,
Hal Sutherland, Lou Scheimer
For the next 23 years Filmation produced several dozen animated series which usually aired on Saturday mornings. While many people find fault with Filmation's cost-cutting animation techniques, they have to admit that Filmation produced exciting, fun and very imaginative shows that are remembered very fondly by those who grew up watching them. What also must be known is that while almost all other series animation was being sent overseas to be done by foreign animators on the cheap, Filmation did all of their animation in house in America and cut costs by other means.
Below is an alphabetical listing of the shows and specials produced by Filmation. The names in the list link into a chronological list of the shows. In the future, this page will feature descriptions of the show, pictures from them and links to any web sites with additional information.
As with STAR TREK in 1973, several of Filmation's animated series were cartoon versions of popular live-action television series. Those series that fall into this category are marked with an asterisk below. Many of these classic series have been released on DVD, those that have are shown in Blue. I hope that those that are aren't on DVD will be released soon, especially Batman (1968), Fantastic Voyage (1968), The Brady Kids (1973), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967) and Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976).
Caricature of the Filmation Founders
Excellent Book About Filmation by Co-founder Lou Scheimer
Lou Scheimer: Creating The Filmation Generation by Lou Scheimer with Andy Mangels
Hailed as one of the fathers of Saturday morning television, Lou Scheimer was the co-founder of Filmation Studios, which for over 25 years provided animated excitement for TV and film. Always at the forefront, Scheimer's company created the first DC cartoons with Superman, Batman, and Aquaman, ruled the song charts with The Archies, kept Trekkie hope alive with the Emmy-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series, taught morals with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and swung into high adventure with Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, and Zorro. Forays into live-action included Shazam! and The Secrets of Isis, plus groundbreaking special effects work on Jason of Star Command and others. And in the 1980s, Filmation single-handedly caused the syndication explosion with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its successors.
Now, Lou Scheimer tells the entire story to best-selling author Andy Mangels, including how his father decked Adolf Hitler, memories of the comics of the Golden Age, schooling with Andy Warhol, and what it meant to lead the last all-American animation company through nearly thirty years of innovation and fun! Profusely illustrated with photos, model sheets, storyboards, presentation art, looks at rare and unproduced series, and more plus stories from top animation insiders about Scheimer and Filmation's past this book will show the Filmation Generation the story behind the stories!